Board Notes/Honors

Welcome to the Partnership's newest Board members David Scheible, Chairman and CEO, Graphic Packaging International Inc.; Senator Fran Millar, Chair, Higher Education Committee, Georgia Senate; and Richard Woods, State Superintendent of Schools.

James Magazine has named its 2015 Most Influential Georgians and the Georgia Partnership is well represented with five Board members! Congratulations to Stacey Abrams, Georgia House of Representatives Minority Leader; Paul Bowers (a former Board Chair), President and CEO, Georgia Power; Chris Clark, President, Georgia Chamber of Commerce; Shan Cooper (past Board Chair), VP & GM Lockheed Martin Aeronautics; and Henry "Hank" Huckaby, Chanellor, Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia.

Milford McGuirt has been named KPMG's Atlanta managing partner.  Congratulations Milford!

Congratulations to Board members who have been named to Georgia Trend Magazine's 100 Most Influential Georgians list.  Outgoing Board Chair Shan Cooper (VP & GM, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co) is joined by former Chairs Paul Bowers (Pres. & CEO, GA Power) and Robert Brown (President & CEO R L Brown & Associates) as well as Stacey Abrams (Minority Leader, GA House of Representatives), Mark Butler (Commissioner, GA Dept. of Labor) and Chris Clark (President, GA Chamber). 

Former Board Chairs Ann Cramer (Senior Consultant, Coxe Curry & Associates) and Phil Jacobs (Principal, Pendleton Consulting Group) were named to the magazine's "Notable Georgians" list.  Georgia Partnership President Dr. Steve Dolinger was also named to that list.

Of particular note is the naming of Board member Henry "Hank" Huckaby (Chancellor, Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia) as Georgia Trend's "Georgian of the Year."

Congratulations to Pat Willis, executive director, Voices for Georgia's Children, on her selection by the Georgia Council on Economic Education as its 2015 William J. VanLandingham Commitment to Education Award winner. The honor will be bestowed at the organization's annual meeting, May 8.  Pat was a member of the original group who gathered in 1992 to create the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education.  Her contributions through the years are innumerable.  Thank you, Pat!  We are proud of you!

Board Treasurer Mike Donnelly was feted by the Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE).  Here is coverage as featured in the Saporta Report:

Wells Fargo and the bank’s Atlanta region president, Mike Donnelly, were honored at the 10th annual PAGE Turning Event Sept. 15 at The Fox Theatre’s Egyptian Ballroom for supporting public education. He and his wife, Gay, attended public schools, and their three children attend Fulton County public schools. All were present at the PAGE Turning event.

Donnelly’s mother and sister are career public school teachers. Donnelly’s favorite teacher, Paul Szymonski, who taught him 10th grade history and was his cross country coach in Dumfries, Va., came from Pennsylvania for the evening. “In the classroom he taught you how to think,” Donnelly said. “Then as a coach, he taught about life. The key for us in cross-country was simple. You run the hills hard. When the tough times come in life, those are the hills. You run your hardest on the hills, and that’s where you can excel.” See more (scroll down). 

Join us in getting to know one of our newest Board members, 2015 Georgia Teacher of the Year, Amanda Miliner, in this Macon Telegraph profile.  Here is a little more from a Georgia Public Broadcasting story. 

We are also pleased to welcome Dawnita McCain, Regional Underwriting Executive, PNC Financial Services, and Erin Hames, the governor's education advisor.

Atlanta Business Chronicle has published its "Who's Who in Education" list and the Georgia Partnership did quite well.  Included in the list are Partnership President Dr. Steve Dolinger and Board members Dr. John Barge (former State Superintendent of Schools), Henry "Hank" Huckaby (Chancellor, University System of Georgia), and Dr. Allene Magill (Executive Director, Professional Association of Educators).  Congratulations to all!

The Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education was honored to have Shan Cooper, VP & General Manager, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., as our 2013-2015 Board Chair.  Get to know her better by viewing this short profile with the Atlanta Business Chronicle's Ed Baker. 


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Kevin Greiner
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Mike Donnelly
President, Atlanta Region, Wells Fargo

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Shan Cooper
Vice President and General Manager, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co. 

Stacey AbramsRepresentative, District 89, Georgia House of Representatives
Chris BaumannExecutive Director, Georgia Association of Educators
Susan BellChair, Education and Workforce Development Committee, Georgia Chamber of Commerce
Robert L. BrownPresident and CEO, RL Brown & Associates
Chris ClarkPresident Georgia Chamber of Commerce
Brooks ColemanChair, Education Committee, Georgia House of Representatives
Gretchen CorbinCommissioner, Technical College System of Georgia
Ann CramerSenior Consultant, Coxe Curry & Associates
Steve DolingerPresident, Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education
Rita ErvesPresident, Georgia PTA
Sally FitzGeraldEducation Director, League of Women Voters of Georgia
Erin Hames Deputy Chief of Staff - Policy, Office of Governor Nathan Deal
Sis HenryExecutive Director, Georgia School Boards Association
Ed HeysDeputy Managing Partner, Deloitte
Henry HuckabyChancellor, Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia
Amy M. JacobsCommissioner, Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning
Allene MagillExecutive Director, Professional Association of Georgia Educators
Lewis MasseyPresident, Massey & Bowers LLC
Dawnita J. McCainRegional Underwriting Executive, The PNC Financial Services Group
Reuben McDanielPresident & CEO, RM Capital Management, LLC
Milford McGuirtManaging Partner, KPMG
Amanda Miliner2015 Georgia Teacher of the Year
Fran MillarChair, Higher Education Committee, Georgia Senate
John PembertonSenior Vice President & Senior Production Officer, Georgia Power Company
John C. ReidRetired, Vice President, The Coca-Cola Company
David ScheibleChairman and CEO, Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
Beheruz N. SethnaPresident Emeritus & Regents' Professor, The University of West Georgia
Jimmy StokesExecutive Director, Georgia Association of Educational Leaders
Lindsey TippinsChair, Education and Youth Committee, Georgia Senate
Pat WillisExecutive Director, Voices for Georgia's Children
Richard WoodsState School Superintendent
John ZaunerExecutive Director, Georgia School Superintendents Assn.